Conservativeness, together with repressing emotions and affection, was inherited by the Filipino woman from the colonial period under the Spaniards, a characteristic referred to as the Maria Clara attitude.
After the girlfriend-boyfriend stage, engagement, and marriage follows.
Bringing gifts or pasalubong The actual boyfriend-girlfriend relationship may also result from such formal visits.
In the past, particularly in a rural courtship setting, a Filipino man, accompanied by friends, would engage in serenading the woman he adores at night.
This serenading practice was an influence adopted by the Filipinos from the Spaniards.
Apart from the general background explained above, there are other similar and unique courting practices adhered to by Filipinos in other different regions of the Philippine archipelago.On the other hand, the Filipino man fears rejection by a woman and would like to avoid losing face and embarrassment.This teasing phase actually helps in circumventing such an embarrassing predicament because formal courtship has not yet officially started.It is within this stage where the couple engages in a series of group dates, chaperoned dates, The couple later on decides to come out into the open and reveals the status of their relationship to family members, relatives, and friends.The serious suitor or boyfriend visits the family of the woman he admires/courts or girlfriend in order to formally introduce himself, particularly to the lady's parents.The ongoing courtship ritual is overseen by a married elder or a childless widow who keeps the parents of the participating males and females well informed of the progress of the courtship process.After the courtship process, the Batangueños of Batangas has a peculiar tradition performed on the eve of the wedding.The teasing practice assists in discerning the actual feelings of the male and the female involved.Traditionally, a Filipino woman is "shy and secretive" about her feelings for a suitor.Through this "human-bridge", the bachelor can also ask permission to visit the woman at home from the bachelorette's father.As a norm, the couple will not be left alone with each other during this first home visit, because formal introductions to family members are done, which may be performed by the "tulay". During this preliminary evaluation period, the Filipino woman will either deny her feelings (or the absence of feelings for the suitor) and avoids her admirer, or does not become angry because of the teasing and encourages the suitor instead.